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PWNAGE robotics team fares well at world competition

McKenna Haller, a member of the St. Charles-based PWNAGE robotics team, said the team was enthused about its status as a championship finalist in the Curie Division at the 2014 FIRST World Championships for robotics in St. Louis.

She said it could have been even better.

The team, which practices at Genesis Automation in St. Charles, was among 400 that competed at the event.

Haller said the team that defeated PWNAGE ended up as the overall champion at the FIRST competition.

The FIRST organization acronym means – for inspiration and recognition of science and technology.

“If they weren’t there, we probably would have won the worlds,” Haller said. “We just barely lost to them.”

There were four divisions in the competition, and the winner advanced to the Einstein competition.

PWNAGE was the runner-up in its division.

Haller said the PWNAGE team received a ribbon and a trophy.

The team included members from St. Charles, Batavia, Kaneland, Burlington, Aurora and beyond.

“We were really close to getting in Einstein,” Haller said, adding that the results “definitely would put us at the top, compared to the other teams.”

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